Bouncing back from a difficult loss is one of the most challenging things any athlete has to do.
For former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, it wasn’t just about coming back after a loss, it was about making a statement.
And that statement was made.
Rockhold used a variety of leg kicks to punish Costas Phillipou into submission, taking the TKO first round victory. It was obvious that Rockhold was on another level than his middleweight counterpart, and with the win, vaulted himself back into the mix with the contenders in the division.
If Rockhold has his way, next on his fight card will be the always entertaining Michael Bisping.
Complete UFC Fight Night 35 results include:
Luke Rockhold def. Constantinos Philippou via TKO (body kick) – Round 1, 2:31
Brad Tavares def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Yoel Romero def. Derek Brunson via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:23
John Moraga def. Dustin Ortiz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cole Miller def. Sam Sicilia via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:54
Ramsey Nijem def. Justin Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Elias Silverio def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Trevor Smith def. Brian Houston via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Louis Smolka def. Alptekin Ozkilic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Vinc Pichel def. Garett Whiteley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Beneil Dariush def. Charlie Brenneman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:45